Golf for animals May 31

The 15th Annual Central Wyoming Spay & Neuter Foundation Fundraising Golf Tournament is Friday, May 31 at Paradise Valley Country Club. Four person teams for men’s, women’s, and mixed divisions, scramble format, 1 p.m. shotgun start. Play one last round to help dogs and cats in our community! Team registration fee is $440. With a full flight of golfers expected, this is a great advertising opportunity for sponsors of the tournament. We are looking for hole, tee box, goodie bag, special event, and award sponsors. Great prizes, contests planned for the event. All tournament net proceeds benefit pets and pet owners here in Central Wyoming. For more information, call Sally at 577-3453, email salsal77@yahoo.com , text 262-6750, facebook/CWSNF.

Oliver North to speak at August breakfast

He played a key role in the release of American hostages in Lebanon in the 1980’s under President Ronald Reagan. Colonel Oliver North will share his message as the featured speaker at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s Annual Awards & Recognition Breakfast on August 28, 2019. Colonel North is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, serving in pivotal missions in American history.

Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943, Col. North graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 and served 22 years as a U.S. Marine. His combat awards include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.

From 1983-86, he served as the counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council and helped plan the rescue of U.S. students on Grenada, the rescue of American hostages, and the raids on Muammar Gadhafi’s terror bases. North is the author of 17 best-selling books and is the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization serving wounded U.S. military personnel and their families.

He is the father of four and grandfather of 17. He and his wife Betsy live in Virginia and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The 21st Annual Awards & Recognition to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the Casper Events Center. This year’s honorees are Casper residents Phil & Jody Schmidt, who have made a tremendous impact on business and community. Table reservations will be accepted beginning in June.

Purple toilet hits Glenrock

The infamous purple jeweled toilet has made its return to Glenrock as the state champion Glenrock Culinary Team raises money for its trip to nationals in Washington, D.C., in early May.

Students and parents will deliver the toilet and — more importantly — remove it from a yard for a fee. The fee structure is $10 to take it away, $20 to deliver it to a friend and $30 for toilet insurance to guarantee that it does not return to your yard this fundraising season. Cash and checks are accepted with checks made payable to Glenrock High School, attn: Wyoming Culinary Team.

To order the toilet for a friend or yourself, call Miranda at 277-1751, Bryston at 262-3617 or Casey at 315-7416.

Compete in first History Bee

The first National Historic Trails Center History Bee is 6 to 9 p.m., on Saturday. Teams of eight and individuals will compete for the title and to have names engraved on the rock wall inside the center. A team entry is $500 and includes dinner and individual entries are $75 per person. This is a family friendly event. Enjoy a buffet and cash bar. Learn more on Facebook or Instagram, #NHTCFHistoryBee2019.

Baskets for Love Sunday

The Meals on Wheels Foundation will hold its 4th Annual Baskets for Love Auction on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shrine Club, 1501 W. 39th Street. We will have brunch foods and lots of great silent and live auction items available to bid on. Please join us as guests of the Shriners to support the Meals on Wheels Foundation.

Casper CROP Walk Sunday

Come join First Christian Church on Sunday for the 3rd annual Casper CROP Hunger Walk and Run at the Tate Pump House. Registration is at 1 p.m and the walk/run will begin at 1:30 p.m. This event is free to the public. Donations are welcome to fight hunger and feed hope in Casper and the surrounding area. There will be live music and food. Come join us for a great cause. The event sponsors the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies and Church World Service.

NCHS presents one-act fundraiser

Natrona County High School presents its award-winning one act cutting of “She Kills Monsters,” by Qui Nguyen May 2, 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. in the John F. Welsh Auditorium. The performances will raise money to send the cast of the play to represent Wyoming at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June.

Growing up in the mid 1990s, Agnes Evans was into the things typical girls are into, boys, makeup, pop music, and television shows. Her younger sister, Tilly, however was a tomboy who escaped into the world of role-playing games. After Tilly is killed in a car accident, Agnes finds a custom Dungeons & Dragons game that Tilly used as a diary. By playing the game, Agnes meets her sister’s friends, helps defeat their enemies, and discovers who Tilly truly was.

“This play speaks to students in a very special way,” said the show’s director, Zach Schneider. “It uses a game that was around in the 80’s and 90’s as a metaphor for the trials that all teenagers face. It’s great that D&D is having a resurgence now thanks to shows like Stranger Things and movies like Ready Player One. The fact that we get to tell this story at the International Thespian Festival is a huge bonus.”

The International Thespian Festival is a week-long event in which more than 4,000 of the best and brightest high school actors and theatre technicians compete in many theatrical events, take workshops from college and professional theatre specialists, and watch one act and full productions from the best programs in the United States, Canada, China, and more!

“Each state nominates the best one act play from their state competitions to perform as that state’s chapter select show,” Schneider said. “This is the first time NCHS has earned the honor to represent Wyoming.”

Tickets for “She Kills Monsters,” are $5. All ticket sales will go to raise the remaining $10,000 needed to send the cast to the festival. Tickets can be purchased and donations can be made at www.nchs.booktix.com, at the NCHS main office, or at the door.

Art show, auction May 4

Julie Kramer Cole of Colorado was chosen as the 2019 featured artist for the 19th annual Rocky Mountain Art Show and Auction, scheduled for May 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Casper as a benefit for Wyoming CARES.

Each attendee will receive a signed, Litho print of “Thunder at the Belle Fourche,” created by Cole. She will be here to greet participants and personalize her prints.

Wyoming Showcase Artist participating in the show include: Mike Beeman, Angeli Coover, Melinda Cummings, Zach Even, John Finley, E. Lynnette Fransen, Jerry Glass, Sally Gregory, William Travis Hart, Jill Hartley, Cody Heinbaugh, Linda Eppinger Johnson, Linda Jolley, Joy Keown, Gary Keimig, Gary Krause, Tom Lucas, Jennifer Morss, Melanie Myron, Catherine Nicholas, Aumi Kauffman Perry, James Reed, Tamara Rodgers, Sara Rogers, Robert Seabeck, W. Allen Singleton, C.K. Swanson, Gail Watford, and Linda Winslow.

Out of state showcase artist include: Tom Manzanarez, Idaho; Karen Cade, Colorado; Virla Harell, Colorado; Manuel Franco, Texas; Jim Whartman, Colorado; J.W. Jack Olson, Colorado; Gene Sherman, Idaho; Blair Smallwood, Colorado and Bonnie Shields, Idaho.

The evening includes music, a progressive dinner, a silent auction, Casino Royale and the fun cake auction.

Tickets are $40 each or a table of 8 for $280 and may be obtained by calling the office of Wyoming CARES at 237-7035 or email at wyomingcares@gmail.com.

To view or bid on “Thunder at the Belle Fourche” or any of the beautiful art images in the 2019 show, go to: wyomingcares.org and click on Rocky Mountain Art Show and Auction.

Wyoming CARES is a statewide not for profit charitable agency with a mission to provide assistance to Wyoming residents in need.

Lions Pancake Festival May 4

The Casper Mtn. Lions Club is having a Pancake Festival from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 4, at the Mills Community Center.

Enjoy all the pancakes, sausages, milk, juice, coffee, etc., you can eat for only $4 per adult and $1 per child.

Proceeds go to benefit the many Casper Mtn. Lions Club projects such as Lions Braille Trail on Casper Mtn., the Lions Blind Camp on Casper Mtn., Lions Club eyeglasses program, two Caspder Mtn. Lions Club Scholarships at Casper College, and many other community projects.

For more information, call Bryon at 266-6933 or 307-315-7074.

Wyoming throws for sale

PEO is selling Wyoming throws. The 100 percent cotton 4-by 6-foot throw designed by Casper PEO members, exhibits images of Wyoming in a multi-colored design. They are a perfect Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation and wedding gift. All proceeds from the sales support PEO projects to help educate women through grants, loans and scholarships. More than 80,000 women have been recipients of PEO projects. To purchase or order a Wyoming throw, call Becky at 259-3350.

Thankful Thursdays return

Casper’s original Thursday night party with a purpose is back and smoke-free at The Beacon Club from 5 to 8 p.m. with great live auctions and raffles, chances to win $500 just for being in the room and a free Tito’s Vodka cocktail to everyone 21 and over. The auction begins about 6:30 p.m. while the fun lasts from 5 to 8 p.m. Nonprofit beneficiaries for the winter season include: April 25, Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care; May 2, Wyoming Food for Thought Project.

Thankful Thursdays is a promotion of Townsquare Media.

Jersey Mike’s raises bucks for BGCCW

Jersey Mike’s would like to thank its outstanding customers, franchise owners and team members for their generous support during this year’s 9th Annual Month of Giving which raised more than $7.3 million for local charities nationwide.

The Jersey Mike’s in Casper raised $4,617 for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming.

Get tickets for Old Hollywood Night

Tickets are on sale for Art 321’s Old Hollywood Night gala from 6 to 9 p.m., on April 27. Tickets are $45 for one or $80 for two. Cocktail attire is suggested. The evening is filled with entertainment from the music group Culmination, food and cash bar furnished by Poplar Wine & Spirits and the evening’s emcee and auctioneer is Kyle Gamroth. There are exciting live auction items that include (but not limited to) a fabulous trip to Hollywood, Brew Beer for a day with Gruner Brothers Brewing, and a Best of Casper Package. In addition to the live auction, there are several raffle baskets each valued over $100 each.

Easter candy at boutique

See’s Easter Candies have arrived. Fill those Easter baskets with bunny hop boxes of chocolates, marshmallow and scotchmallow eggs and peanut butter, chocolate butter, and bourdeaux single eggs. The purchase of See’s Candies from Memory Lane Boutique directly supports Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions. Shop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 319 S. Wilson St.

Head shaving for St. Baldrick’s

On May 11, 2019, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will be hosting a head shaving benefit at Frontier Brewing to help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. The goal of fundraisers like this is to one day find a cure for childhood cancer. Anyone who wants to be a head shavee, volunteer, or even just to donate, need simply email casperstbaldricks@gmail.com or call or text Jerred Stoll at 307-462-3320. Please help us benefit this great foundation. The website is www.stbaldricks.org/events/stbaldrickscasper.

Schmidts to receive BGCCW honor

In times of unimaginable sorrow and pain, human nature is to close off, ask “why us?” and shut down. A Casper couple has done just the opposite — twice. Phil and Jody Schmidt’s strength and perseverance in times of hardship are examples of why they have been chosen as the distinguished honorees for 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming Award and Recognition Breakfast.

The couple will be honored at the 21st Awards and Recognition Breakfast to be held later this year. Tickets and reservations will be available through the Boys & Girls Club beginning in June.

“We lost our son Evan at 11-1/2 years old and son Reid at 29. It sucks but as a result we feel we have been able to help others during sucky times,” said Phil Schmidt of he and wife Jody’s extensive community involvement.

Married 37 years, the Schmidts are a force when presented with a challenge beyond raising six children. They met at Black Hills State University, moved to Casper in 1982 and have resided here since. First working as a Certified Public Accountant, Phil moved to the private sector in 1988, becoming president and majority owner of Greiner Motor Companies.

Meanwhile, Jody, clearly the “grace” in the grit and grace partnership, has worked tirelessly at St. Anthony Tri-Parish School, within the parish at St. Anthony’s in a number of areas, at Holy Cross Center in the food bank ministry and on the boards of Interfaith and NAMI. A breast cancer survivor, she has exhibited her natural grace during that battle, asking for prayers for others ahead of herself.

API chili cook off results

Here are the results of the 27th annual API Chili Cook off (Brian Scott Memorial since 2017), held at the Casper Events Center on Saturday. Proceeds benefit dozens of local charities.

  • Red Chili: 1. First Interstate Bank, 2. RMI, 3. DNOW.
  • Green Chili: 1. Trigger Energy, 2. Homax, 3. SST Energy.
  • People’s Choice: 1. Homax.
  • Showmanship: 1. DNOW, 2. Loenbro, 3. Clean Harbors.

Bubbles, Baubles ‘n Beans results in

Bubbles, Baubles ‘n Beans was held recently at its new location, the Industrial Building at the fairgrounds. The event raised approximately $50,000 in profit for Natrona County Meals on wheels, a drop of almost $6,000 from the previous year.

The 2020 event will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020, at the Industrial Building.

Ron and Joni Kumor won the $5,000 grand prize in the Pot O’ Beans raffle and donated it back to Meals on Wheels.

Judges’ choice awards:

Best chili: 1. The Smokin’ Armadillo Catering; 2. The Hangar, 3. Stuft Gourmet Baked Potatoes.

Best soup: 1. Perkins Family Restaurant, 2. The Yellowstone Garage, 3. Bullwhip Catering.

Peoples’ choice:

Best chili: 1. The Horseshoe Bar & Grill; 2. (tie), Hilltop National Bank and Yellowstone Garage; 3. Johnny J’s Diner.

Best soup: 1. Omega Caisson Drilling and Scott’s Hot Shot; 2. The Silver Fox; 3. Poplar Living Center.

Boys & Girls Club raises more than $580,000

Kicking off its 50th year of impact, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming celebrated “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” at the Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction on Saturday evening. A preliminary event total is estimated at $586,000. Attendees had the chance to bid on hundreds of silent auction packages, live auction experiences and items, and enter for a chance to win a Shelby GT500.

Pledges made during the Impact Auction portion of the evening will go toward the expansion of the Club’s Susie McMurry Technology Center, improve access to updated technology at all Club sites and grow college education opportunities for youth and their families. For every $250 pledged toward this technology initiative, the donor received one chance to win the Shelby Mustang. The winner, the Martin Family Foundation, was chosen randomly through a computer generated program.

Chorale raffle winners

The Casper Children’s Chorale is pleased to announce the winners of the Holiday Raffle. Joy Gallup won $1,000; Wiley Valdez won $750 and Cameron Gardner won $500. Annie McAteer won the Casper Eats and Treats basket; Joy Gallup won the Casper Creatives Basket and Patrick Weiss won the Family Fun Basket.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the community for supporting the singers.

Senior Center cookbook available

Central Wyoming Senior Center’s cookbook “From Our Family To Yours...” is back from the publisher. Get your copy now while supplies last. They are $10 each and a great gift idea. Pick them up at these locations: main center, 1831 East 4th Street; Evansville center, 71 Curtis Street and Mills center, 401 Wasatch. If you have any questions, call Harvey Moore at the main center, 265-4675.

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Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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